OK I'm gobsmacked by the squash this year. Some years the squash do better than other years, but I've never seen squash with this much vigor. Every day I walk around the squash bed with pruning shears and clip off vines that are shooting into the yard. This morning I removed vines that are climbing the bean trellis and growing over the sweet potatoes.
These Teksukabotu vines climbed the trellis and went above it. The top of the leaves, which are huge, are about seven feet high.
And here's a Teksukabotu squash on the trellis. This one has a very long stem.
I planted two Golden Nugget squash plants. One of them succumbed to the borer, but this one is doing well.
Four of the six plants are butternuts, Metro PMR from Johnny's. I've always had good results with this squash. These are growing on the trellis
It's a real vining squash, and there are butternuts all over the bed. With the dense foliage they are hard to see. The oat/field pea cover crop made a nice mat of dead vegetation that keeps the 'nuts from touching the soil.
When I dug up the potatoes a week ago the butternuts were vining over and under the potato plants. I pushed the squash vines out of the way and dug up the potatoes, then laid the vines over the potato patch. They've suffered a little damage but have already climbed the trellis and set some butternuts.
It's not just squash that are doing well this year. Peppers, okra and green beans are also having a good year. This is no surprise as the weather has been excellent for growing hot weather vegetables. For some reason the cucumbers are not having a good year. These are things I will never understand.